UNCG’s Moss Street Partnership School Awarded $50,000 Grant from State Library of NC for New Books, a Visiting Children’s Author, and New STEM Programs

Posted on June 13, 2019

Pictured: Students at MSPS reading together in the school library.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – On June 13, 2019, UNC Greensboro announced that The State Library of North Carolina awarded a $50,000 grant to the UNCG Teaching Resources Center (TRC) and the Moss Street Partnership School (MSPS) to help fund a community outreach program at MSPS.

The 2019-2020 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants total more than $2.8 million, and include 47 awards for local library projects that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity, expanding access, and community engagement in North Carolina’s libraries.

“This generous award is a game-changer for hundreds of students and their families,” said UNCG School of Education Dean Randy Penfield. “The Moss Street community will benefit from greater access to local library resources, books for the home, and a greater connection to a child’s education in the crucial early years. We are honored to be the only lab school in North Carolina to receive this grant.”

The TRC proposed a partnership with MSPS to provide a series of literacy-based and STEM-focused programs at the partnership school. The project will use the MSPS library and makerspace to engage the Moss Street community with children’s education through programs addressing reading at home, building home libraries and encouraging creative activities e making with siblings and parents.

The TRC, a model school library media center housed in the UNC Greensboro School of Education, will benefit from pre-service teachers and future librarians gaining first-hand experience with program planning, implementation, and book selection for elementary students. The proposed project expands a partnership between UNC Greensboro and MSPS, which opened in August 2018 as a UNC Lab School.

Read more about the award here.